What started off as a routine trip for the crew of the Maiken, soon turned into something quite spectacular.
When the crew sailed through the waters of the South Pacific they unexpectedly spotted a huge stretch of discolored water across the horizon.
As they moved closer it began looking as though sand was floating on the surface, like a beach stretching for miles.
Upon further inspection it turned out that pumice stones had floated to the top. But bubbles had also started to appear around the boat.
So, what causing this eerie phenomena?
As the stones became larger and the team quickened their pace, leaving a trail behind them.
After emerging from the field of stones, it slowly began to make more sense. In front of them was a large mass of bubbling water.
To their astonishment, they suddenly had a front row seat to watch an active volcano erupting.
The sunshine diminished as ash clouds filled the sky.
As the hours went by, the realized the magnitude of what they’d stumbled upon: an island was forming right in front of them.
Witnessing the formation of new land isn’t something most people are likely to experience in their lifetime.
It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
If they hadn’t taken photos, would anyone have believed them?